Recapture the spirit of Berlin in its 1920s heyday with a stay at the Ritz-Carlton.
Think crystal chandeliers, a marble staircase and a gold, mirrored bar.
In the 1920s, Berlin was the centre of Europe, the heart of the Weimar Republic.
The German capital was a gilded city of pleasure. It offered those at the top of society the height of elegance, glamour and cutting-edge culture.
Today the Ritz-Carlton overlooks the famous Potsdamer Platz. It is located just a stone’s throw from the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial.
And it has channelled the charm and glitz from the Roaring Twenties in its recent €40 million renovation.
Guests are greeted with contemporary crystal chandeliers that imitate the flashbulbs of vintage cameras.
A marble fireplace holds a bold sculpture below 1920s paintings, and there is a spiralling marble staircase.
The adjacent Curtain Club bar fuses art deco with a Latin American touch.
The Fragrances Bar (top picture) is mirrored and golden. Here spirits are married to scents. The drinks are inspired by renowned perfumes.
Chefs at a new restaurant POTS serve up dishes from an open kitchen. The menu is rooted in German culinary traditions but with a contemporary, worldly twist.
The wine list includes 200 German wines, most of which are sustainable and from lesser-known vineyards.
Guest rooms exude understated elegance. And the bathrooms would impress Marlene Dietrich.
Touchscreens control the electronics.
In the stunning 2,200 square feet Ritz-Carlton Suite there are separate living and dining areas. Here high flying guests can enjoy a fitness area, dressing room and unrivalled views of Berlin and its park, Tiergarten.
Berlin has changed radically since those heady days of the 1920s.
It is now one of the world’s most progressive, modern cities – embracing its distinct districts and cultures in creative ways.
But elements of its golden age still stand.
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